Newton Abbot Racecourse
Newton Abbot Racecourse, showing its proximity to the River Teign
|Location||Newton Abbot, Devon|
|Owned by||Newton Abbot Racing Ltd.|
|Screened on||At The Races|
|Course type||National Hunt|
Newton Abbot Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located on the north bank of the River Teign in the parishes of Kingsteignton and Teigngrace just north of Newton Abbot, Devon, England. The course is a tight, flat left-handed oval of about 1 mile 1 furlong. There are seven relatively easy fences to a circuit and a very short run in to the finish.
The course was first established in 1866 when the 91-acre (370,000 m2) site was purchased. The main grandstand was built in 1969 and opened by the Queen Mother, while the corporate facilities were opened in 1990.
The racecourse has a variety of corporate meeting, conference rooms, suites and private boxes as well as cafeterias, bars and two restaurants: 'The Winning Post' and 'The Paddock'. Many of the rooms have views across the racecourse, whilst there is parking in and around the venue for 5,000 cars.
Other events at the racecourse
The racecourse holds monthly car boot sales and regular antiques fairs. Ladies Day is held in June and there are a series of evening races.
In the 1970s and 80's there was greyhound racing at the racecourse in the evenings, following the closure of the track in Kingskerswell. No totalisator was operated, but there were a few track-side bookmakers.